Friday, February 26, 2010

Need a snack?

Did you guess right?

We do a lot of snacking over here... I mean a lot. If the girls don't have a piece of fruit, goldfish cracker or something else "yummy" in their hands they are asking for something. Like a lot of moms when I go out I go armed with snacks. Tupperware just doesn't fit in my diaper bag along side cloth diapers and I hate to use and then throw out plastic zipper bags.

I have been wanting to make the girls some fabric snack bags for quite some time but my project wish list just seems so long some days. But yesterday I sat down and did it (my house is a completely disaster as a result but I'm ok with that). This is the first snack saver that I made - it measures aprox 5 x 6.5" and is the perfect size for Sweet Pea to hold and fill with her crackers. Although I can see this as also being her new treasure bag, crayon carrying case, or place to hid mamas stuff. Ahem... like my memory card for my camera. I really love that the RipStop Nylon is waterproof making this perfect for carrots or fruit pieces (or Amish frienship bread... yum!), and the even she can open and close the Velcro.
Tomorrow I will be making a larger size for bread - it really is hard to find any sort of container for homemade bread sandwiches which tend to be larger than those made on wonder bread - and a smaller size for Lady Bug's snacks. Despite the fact that she thinks she is 2, she really is just 11 months old and would probably benefit from having something a little smaller to hold on to.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

My toddler ate my homework... or something like that

I was going to take some pictures of my newest project... however as Sweet Pea (aka toddler tornado) was sitting on my lap she managed to stick the memory card for my camera somewhere in my computer and I cannot find it. Either that or she ate it - and I wouldn't put it past her.

So that being said there will be no pictures until I either a) find the memory card - unlikely or b) buy a new one - more than likely.

I will tell you that this project is a little something that I am making just in time for Bloomin Earth. I have been wanting to make some of these for Sweet Pea for a while now, but for some reason the way to hide the seams was eluding me. This morning I let the girls pull all the clothes out of their dressers to buy me a few minutes of peace to figure it out. A few muslin scraps, and ripped out seams later I'm there! I can't wait to show you the pictures (once I find that memory card).
Any guesses on what I made?

I will leave you with a picture from earlier this week when the girls discovered the pure bliss that can be found while throwing all the clothes from their dressers (an no Sweet Pea was not supposed to have that soother!). After I finished sewing both rooms looked a lot like this - but that's the price you have to pay for a few minutes of free time!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Birth House

There is a lot going on in the crafting part of my world but I have about a million little projects on the go - and you have seen them all before. Right now I am working on making up some stock for a few shows that I will be participating in this spring. I'll give more details later when I have some pictures so share of what I've been doing.

For now I think I'll tell you a little about the other part of my world that is just for me - my bookshelf. I am reading The Birth House by Ami McKay and I am really enjoying it. Without giving too much away it is set in the early 1900s and follows the training and life of a young country midwife struggling against the medicalization of birth, and life in general, by the area's doctor who promotes ether, chloroform, Twilight Sleep, and the doctors best friend - forceps. Ah, such a good read! I'm off to read a few more pages while Lady Bug sleeps and Sweet Pea reads Each Peach Pear Plum (or each plum PEACH! as she calls it) beside me.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Blog Facelift

I haven't been feeling overly enthusiastic about blogging as of late. Perhaps it is the flu the keeps running through our house, or the dreary sunless February days, or the drama that unfolded after the pizza delivery guy drove into my car and then tried to drive away. Whatever it is, I needed to change it - and what better way than to give this here blog a face lift! I don't profess to know anything about web design so I went over to the Cutest Blog on the Block and found myself a new banner and background. Aren't they pretty?

How could I not want to spend a bit more time in this space now that it looks so good?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Another Snuggle

Lately all it seems that I can pull off my sewing table is snuggle quilts. I don't mind - I love making them and they are a fairly quick sewing project being 28 x 28 (which is great for the "project" sewist in me). I really must make one for Sweet Pea one of these days, she gets so confused when she sees them but I won't let her have them!

This was a custom order for a sweet baby girl on the day of her baptism. I embroidered her name in the center square and this is entirely made of soft flannels and minkee. It is so soft. I hope she loves it!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Amish Friendship Cake

I don't know if this cake is supposed to win you friends or help you to keep those that you have but it is so good! Yum. I don't know if you have ever had a friendship cake before, I hadn't until last night. Its kind of like a chain letter for baking, but with instant rewards - so maybe its not like a chain letter at all!

10 days ago my Mother in Law gave me a bag of batter, and it kind of freaked me out. I was to leave this batter on the counter for 10 days, squishing it around occasionally and adding some milk, flour and sugar on day 6. 10 days later it was ready to have the final ingredients added, and baked into 2 friendship cakes. There is also enough of the "starter batter" to share with 3 friends and keep one for myself so that we can bake more cake in 10 days... and bake cake we will! I will never be a sceptic again.

I would share the recipe with you but you need a batch of starter batter to make the friendship bread... Guess you will just have to wait for it to circle around your way!

Totally unrelated... doesn't this picture of Sweet Pea just need the caption "You wish you were this cool?" I think so.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I remembered to photograph these ones!

I have been sewing and sending thing out of here faster than I can take pictures. I don't know why I always forget to photograph my work. Ah well... I can add "remember to photograph work" to the list of new years resolutions!

In the spirit of sticking to my resolutions I remembered to photograph this sweet pair of snuggle quilts before they were passed on to their new, very excited, owners. About the only thing sweeter than a snuggly quilt, is a pair of snuggle quilts for sisters! I added in the name embroidery for them in the center square and I think they turned out great!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Blog catch up

I didn't get a chance to blog about this sweet snuggle quilt yet. It found its way to its new home about 2 weeks ago and I loved it so much that I will be making another. It really is a soft and cuddly quilt! I used pink minkee, cream flannel, and black fleece. OH to be the babe under this quilt! That being said, I'm pretty sure that in addition to her new blankie that I made her for Christmas (that I have yet to photograph!) I think that ladybug need one of these too!
I have been having so much fun making rag quilts lately, and even more fun since I started using my favourite designer prints, and minkee.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Um, what happened to January? Seriously where did it go?

One thing that did happen in January is that I received my certification as a CAPPA Childbirth Educator! Not only was I awarded certification but I was also given special note for my comprehensive curriculum. Oh yeah! I cannot even express how excited I am that these past 2 years of hard work have paid off.

If you have a second, jump over to my website to learn a little more about my classes, and me! (Click the icon below)